The "Jafaican" hybrid - it combines slang with different pronunciation - has spread from cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester to Newport, Cardiff and Swansea as kids strive to find new ways to be cool.
Scientist Paul Kerswill spent eight years studying the development of Jafaican - also dubbed Multicultural London English.
If you find Jafaican
yooth-speak unbearable, and wish that Fatboy in EastEnders came with subtitles, here that very same language has been sharpened into a pointy stick to poke an entire subculture in the eye.
If you find Jafaican
youth-speak unbearable, and wish that Fatboy in EastEnders came with subtitles, here that very same language has been sharpened into a pointy stick to poke an entire subculture in the eye.
Now, the influx of American and West Indian street slang, sometimes called 'Jafaican
' (fake Jamaican), and the rise of texting mean you're more likely to hear London schoolchildren say 'oh my days' (a Caribbean expression) or 'lol' (laugh out loud) instead of 'cor blimey' or 'you're 'aving a giraffe' (laugh).
It's been variously labelled as Multicultural London English (MLE), Multi-ethnic Youth Dialect (MEYD) and, quite disparagingly as 'Jafaican'.
As Paul Kerswill pointed out in a recent lecture in the TED East End series (see YouTube), the problem with calling this variety 'Jafaican' is that it's wrong on two counts: it's neither fake nor Jamaican.
Many of the calls to don disguises and join the mayhem were in a dialect labeled Multicultural London English by sociolinguists and Jafaican by the media - a post-racial blend that emerged from the more than 300 languages and dialects spoken by youth who attend London's schools.
The emergence of this dialect, called Multicultural London English, or MLE, by sociolinguists and "Jafaican" by the popular media may offer insights into the accelerating globalization of Britain, the globalization of British English and decreasing social mobility.
The 2011 riots were "extreme shopping", the US reality TV muppets The Kardashians were "a new disease which spreads like herpes" and the contrived urban London "Jafaican
" accent got it in the ear too.
One of the star guests is a DJ called Dave Doggy Day - complete with loud hoodie and Jafaican
One of the star guests is a DJ called Dave Doggy Day - white, obviously, but complete with loud hoodie and Jafaican